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 Chairman of Fine Gael parliamentary party Richard Bruton: "I think people did perceive the party as not being ‘on your side’ and that is one of the most difficult challenges if a party comes to be perceived as being sort of detached."  Photograph: Laura Hutton

Fine Gael was seen as detached and not on the side of the public in this year’s general election, according to the blunt finding of an internal party (...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Fianna Fáil TD has accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of insulting him and his community by passing him over for a junior ministerial post. (...)

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Groups of TDs gathered around Leinster House and the National Convention Centre for nervous conversations about their prospects, conscious that they a(...)

KHK announced the hiring of Daniel  Kinahan as a special adviser just over a month ago. File photograph: Collins

A sports company owned by a Bahrani prince has cut ties with Irish drugs smuggler Daniel Kinahan, the latest in a series of blows to the Dubliner’s at(...)

Minister for Sport Shane Ross said it would be tragic if Irish boxing was sullied by the incident. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government is sending letters to the UK’s minister for sport and to broadcasters Sky and BT to express “our outrage” about “absolutely unacceptabl(...)

“We are aware that there is an issue. Over 70s feel they should be allowed to go out and play tennis. But they are not the only group that is restricted in this phase,”said Tennis Ireland chief executive Richard Fahey.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Next week on May 18th, the Elm Park club in Dublin can open its doors to tennis players and golfers, the only difference being members of 70-years-old(...)

When urged to establish a stand-alone tourism portfolio by Independent TD Michael Collins,  Mr Varadkar asked which ministry Mr Collins wanted to abolish to make the proposal possible. Photograph: EPA

Ireland cannot reduce the VAT rate to zero per cent because it would contravene EU rules, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said, following calls for the mea(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. “As she has not reached the pandemic swaddling stage, the serving Minister for Children (without a seat) was able to report for duty.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall/PA

Another blockbuster day in Leinster Houzzzz. . . Europe. Discuss. Views and thoughts very much welcomed by the Taoiseach. As opposed to thoughts an(...)

Tipperary’s Paul Curran fouls Richie Power of Kilkenny to give away a penalty during last year’s All-Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Government has kicked big ticket sports events down the road following Tuesday’s edict that bans mass gatherings of 5,000 people or more due to th(...)

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